South Asia has experienced extraordinary economic growth, yet it has the highest rate of child malnutrition in the world
Half of South Asia's population is undernourished, and the region has the largest number of both stunted and wasted children worldwide. This so-called 'South Asian enigma' presents both a challenge and an opportunity for the international development community.
Our research aims to throw light on how agriculture and agri-food systems can contribute to improved nutrition in the region. The countries covered by our research are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.
Around two in five pre-school children are chronically malnourished. The potential of agriculture to reduce undernutrition is not being realised.
Over 40% of children under five are stunted. To date nutrition and food security have not been explicit goals of the agriculture sector, but this is now changing.